I’m incredibly excited to announce the first annual 30 Poets/30 Days, a celebration of children’s poetry taking place at GottaBook during National Poetry Month.Arnold Adoff, Jaime Adoff, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Kristine O’Connell George, Charles Ghigna, Nikki Giovanni, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Mary Ann Hoberman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, X. J. Kennedy, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Pat Mora, Kenn Nesbitt, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Gregory K. Pincus, Jack Prelutsky, Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, Joyce Sidman, Marilyn Singer, April Halprin Wayland, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen.
We’ll launch on Tuesday, April 1, with former Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky’s “A Little Poem for Poetry Month.” We’ll end April 30th with “Books & Me” by Pat Mora to help celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). And every day in between will bring something new. You can follow along here and via @30poets30days on Twitter.
There will also be a lot of other poetry related fun going on in the kidlitosphere during April, including
- at the Miss Rumphius Effect, Tricia has a cool series called Poetry Makers, with a highlight being interviews with 36 (!!!) poets.
- at Poetry For Children, Sylvia Vardell will be reviewing a new children’s poetry book every day;
- at the Pencil Talk blog, Anastasia Suen will be collecting school poems written by children throughout April… and posting one each day.
- and of course there’s Poetry Friday and much, much more, so look for updates all month long.
I want to thank all the poets for their generosity and enthusiasm, and I particularly want to single out J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt for going above and beyond the call in helping me put this event together. Also, special thanks to my brother Jon and all the folks who’ve given me ideas and support along the way. If there has been any frustration in organizing this event at all, it’s only that there are so many other wonderfully talented people writing poetry for kids and it was hard not to invite them all. But that’s why I plan to make this an annual celebration.
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The music playing in the lobby was loud and the employees were young and seemed to be dressed for a party, or at least like nothing I’ve ever seen in the casual work environments that I’ve been exposed to.
The interview – if I can even call it that – lasted less than five minutes and consisted of someone else doing all the talking – and boy, did she talk fast.
Suddenly, the Saturday Night Live skit featuring Stuart Smalley and his Daily Affirmation came to mind: “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”
It was my first interview in over 8 years. I may (or may) not get called back for a second interview. Hopefully, if I do, I’ll be able to have a two-sided conversation that lasts more than five minutes.
Is there anything worse than a job interview? I think I’d rather go on a first date since typically there’s something in it for me, like free food or alcohol.
Speaking of dates (and alcohol), today is my son’s fifth birthday. I’ll be celebrating this exciting milestone tomorrow, along with the start to 2009.
Have a Happy Healthy Hip New Year!
Comments are what keeps us bloggers going so even if it’s to disagree or to ask a quick question, I truly appreciate what readers have to say.
In honor of the one year anniversary of the blog and my company, Happy Healthy Hip Parenting, I will be hosting several giveaways and contests over the next week. Great prizes were donated from some amazing companies that I discovered at the ABC Kids Expo last week in Las Vegas.
You won’t want to miss out on your chance to win so be sure to stop by every day next week.
And, by the end of this month, a newly designed website will roll out over at the Happy Healthy Hip Parenting company site. I’ll launch the new design over here, so keep your eyes peeled for the wonderful graphics created by Mike Ward, friend and colleague whom I met over at Twitter.
There are many wonderful people I’ve met on line over the last year, so again, thanks to everyone for your support and interest.
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One thing I have not yet done is purchase something or create something that honors their special day, in particular. I’m not a creative person (honestly) so I was thrilled to discover that a colleague of mine has recently started her own company: First Moments Memories.
“I love celebrating big events, and finding an artful way to remember them was hard to do. There are other keepsakes that capture similar information, but either the art wasn’t engaging, or there was too much text. Nothing I found captured the true celebratory feeling of a great event.
So little by little, I started piecing together the idea of original art, creative fonts, and something versatile that could go easily into a photo album, or be a great framed piece to admire.
Every time I look at one for my son and daughter, I find myself smiling. Why not share a smile?”
Two Names I Go By:
Two Things I’m Wearing Right Now:
2. pink robe
Two Things I Want (or have) in a Relationship:
Two of My Favorite Things to do:
1. Spend time with my son
Two Things I Did Last Night:
1. Enjoyed wine tasting with other Moms
2. Played BUNCO for the first time and laughed my *** off
Two Things I Ate Last Night:
1. Chipotle sauce & cream cheese (YUM)
Two people I Last Talked To:
1. Natascha & Erika (during the car ride home last night)
2. My man (he called this morning but let me go to help set up for a birthday party for a one-year-old)
Two Things I’m Doing Tomorrow:
1. Celebrating Memorial Day with my son
2. NOT working!
Two Longest Car Rides I’ve taken:
1. Maple Grove, MN to Portland, OR (1,715 miles) – August 1997
2. Prescott, WI to San Diego, CA (2,017 miles) – June 1999
Two Favorite Holidays:
2. My son’s birthday
Two Favorite Beverages:
1. Pinot Noir
2. Voss Bottled Water
Two Favorite Types of Food:
Two Favorite Places:
1. There’s no place like home.
2. Home is where your mom is.
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TRANSPORT WEEKENDER – Features a large interior packing compartment with zip closure. Exterior features a zip pocket, double handles, and an adjustable/removable
MOBILE PHONE HOLDER – Hangs between your phone’s plugged-in battery charger and the wall socket. The instant little shelf provides a support for your phone and cord while keeping them neat and safe.
MIMOBOT USB FLASHDRIVE – USB storage device in Domo-kun design. Features 1 GB of memory, and comes already preloaded with bonus digital content, ranging from icons and screen savers to rich media. Compatible with Mac, Windows, and Windows Vista’s ReadyBoost technology.